Punekars to cycle to Mangalore for creating awareness on organ donation

Organ donation should be the national movement is the aim of those who are working on the cause. Similarly, a Pune based NGO, wants to increase organ donation at national level and so is going beyond the city and state from where its volunteers belong

A Pune based NGO named Rebirth, which works in the field of organ donation will be organising a cycle rally in Karnataka in to spread awareness on organ donation. The rally will cover more than 200 kms. Doctors, NGO’s, and Kannadigas will be taking part in the campaign. The rally take place from August 22 to 24.

Organ donation should be the national movement is the aim of those who are working on the cause. Rebirth wants to increase organ donation at national level and so is going beyond the city and state from where its volunteers belong.

Punekars to cycle to Mangalore to create awareness on organ donation
Rebirth NGO members with the doctors who have extended their support to their cycle rally

“When we started working in Pune, people in the city were not much aware about it. But, after consistent efforts by many NGO’s, government bodies, and doctors, the number of organ donors in Pune is rising. With all these efforts, more people from the city are aware now,” said, Rajesh Shetty, a founder member of Rebirth.

He added, “Mangalore has its own airport and it is a big city. Still, many people are not aware about organ donation and so the organ donation rate is low. We talked with doctors and other voluntary groups in the city. They agreed to join us. We want to reach to more cities and want to create organ donation as a national movement.”

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Rebirth NGO members and the doctors supporting their campaign

National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) and Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC), Pune are supporting the campaign. Aarti Gokhale, coordinator of ZTCC, Pune, said, “It is very good that an NGO from Pune is going to some other state and creating awareness. The more the nation is aware, the more transplants will happen and more lives will be saved.”

The campaign comprises a cycle rally from Mangalore to Dharmasthala (75 km) on the first day (August 22), from Dharmasthala to Kukke Subhramanya (53 km) on second day (August 23) and from Kukke Subhramanya to Mangalore (105 km) on the third day (August 24).